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Australia top for cancer survival

A global study has found that Australia’s high cancer survival rates are attributed to early detection.

The study, published in the Lancet Oncology journal, also showed that Australia has better cancer survival rates than other similar high-income countries.

It reviewed 3.9 million cancer cases from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Norway, Ireland, Canada and Denmark and compared the one-year and five-year survival rates for seven types of cancer: bowel, oesophageal, pancreatic, stomach, rectum, lung and ovarian.

Australia had the highest five-year survival rate in all but lung and ovarian cancer, while the UK had the lowest five-year survival rate in five of the cancers.

Professor Sanchia Aranda, the Chief Executive of Cancer Council Australia, said the higher survival rates could be attributed to early detection, which she said was due to the management of referral and screening services in Australia.

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